POINT SCORE: Demonstrate careful reading and in-depth understanding of the artic
Demonstrate careful reading and in-depth understanding of the article
Formulate a specific, clear, and unified thesis based on your own ideas (NOTE: The thesis should not summarize the article)
Develop a coherent argument (NOTE: Do not simply answer the guiding questions in the topic one by one; instead, use them as a starting point for your analysis)
Avoid general or vague comments
Avoid personal opinion; any claims you make should be supported with evidence from the article
Show awareness of the complexity of the issue and avoid stating the obvious or oversimplifying the problem
Formulate your own position, using the article as a starting point (your main idea cannot simply be some form of “I agree/disagree”)
Show evidence of in-depth thinking about the topic
Present a coherent, logical argument
Have a clear and specific thesis that 1) makes a claim of some kind (not just saying “This paper will examine…”); 2) is not stating the obvious (it must be possible to disagree with the thesis); 3) is not a list (e.g., “There are three reasons/factors/characteristics”); 4) is not too broad; 5) is not merely personal opinion; 6) is not a statement of fact; 7) does not summarize the main idea of the article
Incorporate relevant and carefully chosen examples from the article as evidence
Avoid paraphrasing, unless you are confident that you know how to do it to avoid plagiarism
Type quotations accurately, including capital letters, spaces, and punctuation
Introduce each quotation clearly and integrate it smoothly into your own sentence
Explain the significance of each quotation
Avoid repetition throughout the essay (especially in the conclusion)
Use correct grammar and spelling, clear phrasing, varied sentence structure, rich vocabulary, and appropriate tone
FORMAT:Your essay should be 1,000 – 1,500 words. The essay must be double-spaced. Remove any extra space between paragraphs, and indent the first line of each paragraph. Use a 12-point font and a 1-inch margin on all sides. Pages must be numbered. The essay must have a title, but a title page is not required. Make sure your name appears on the first page.
Please submit your essay as a Microsoft Word document or a PDF. Please include your name in the filename (for example: “[your name] essay 1”).
DOCUMENTATION:Make sure all quotations and paraphrases from the article are properly documented. After each quotation or paraphrase, in parentheses, include the author’s last name and page number (if available). If you mention the author’s name in the lead-in to the quotation, include only the page number in the parentheses. Place the period after the parentheses. At the end of the paper, type the heading “Works Cited” (not “Work Cited,” “References,” “Bibliography,” or anything else) and align it in the center of the page. Do not use italics, underlining, bold formatting or all caps. Below the heading, include a citation for the article you are writing on. The citation will include the full name of the author (last name, first name), the title of the article (in quotation marks), the title of the journal or magazine (in italics), and the year of publication. For more information, see A Canadian Writer’s Reference, “MLA Papers” (starting on p. 361).